News Briefs: Bucks County Hit-and-Run Suspect Vehicle Sought, Juul E-cigarettes Banned in Israel, and More


Jewish Man, 70, Killed in Bucks County Hit-and-Run; Suspect Vehicle Sought

Police are searching for a dark blue or black four-door sedan that hit and killed Emmanuel Weintraub, 70, as he crossed a street in Levittown the evening of Aug. 21, NBC10 reported.

Falls Township police said Weintraub, who used a cane, was crossing New Falls Road in the crosswalk in heavy rain, when a sedan went around a stopped car, hit him and drove off. The retired Jewish postal worker had just left JoJo’s Ice Cream & Water Ice and was apparently walking back to his nearby home.

Falls Township police are asking anyone with information to call Officer Stephanie Metterle at 215-949-9100, ext. 440, or police dispatch at 215-945-3100 if you think you spot the car, which appears to have a missing right front hubcap and windshield and/or front end damage.

Juul E-cigarettes Banned in Israel

A woman is holding a Juul e-cigarette, in Montreal.
A woman is holding a Juul e-cigarette. (Josie_Desmarais / iStock Editorial via Getty Images Plus)

At the request of health officials, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Aug. 21 banned Juul e-cigarettes, JTA reported.

A Health Ministry statement said the e-cigarettes pose “a grave danger to public health” because of significantly higher nicotine levels than other brands. Juul debuted in Israel in May. Among Israelis 15 and older, 25.4 percent smoke tobacco, compared to a global average of 21.9 percent.

Juul Labs told The New York Post it intended to fight the ban.

Former Concentration Camp Guard Deported After 14-year Battle

Nazi collaborator Jakiw Palij, 95, was deported Aug. 21 to Germany, ending a 14-year deportation campaign, reported.

Palij is the last known Nazi war criminal in the United States. He had been living in Queens, N.Y.

An order of deportation was issued for Palij in 2004, but previous administrations were unable to remove him because Poland, Germany, Ukraine and other nations refused to admit him. However, Germany’s Foreign Office later agreed to admit Palij, as part of accepting “moral responsibility.”

Palij was an SS guard at the Trawniki labor camp in Poland — part of “Operation Reinhard,” when the Nazis murdered as many as 2 million Polish Jews between October 1941 and November 1943.

Palij’s fate is uncertain, although German prosecutors have said in the past they may lack sufficient evidence to charge him with war crimes.

Surveillance of Israeli and Jewish Facilities Leads to Charges Against Two Iranian Citizens

Two Iranian citizens were charged Aug. 22 by the United States for carrying out — on behalf of the Iranian government — surveillance on Israeli and Jewish facilities, JTA reported.

A Department of Justice statement said Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 38, who is a U.S. citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, who lives in California, are accused of “knowingly acting as agents of the government of Iran without prior notification to the Attorney General, providing services to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions, and conspiracy” and allegedly gathered intelligence about “entities and individuals considered by the government of Iran to be enemies of that regime, including Israeli and Jewish interests.”

Doostdar allegedly conducted surveillance of the Rohr Chabad House in Chicago that included photographing security features.


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